"Macau has the best players in the world" - Jake Cody

We talk to the Triple Crown winner about Macau, his YouTube channel, sponsorship and the PokerStars Championship.

Jake Cody playing poker
Jake Cody

So what made you want to start a YouTube Vlog?

Jake Cody: I’m massively in to YouTube, for the longest time I’ve watched a lot of football channels, Vlogs and comedy channels. I’d had it in my head for a long time to do one myself, then one day I just decided to go and do it. I bought a camera and started to learn to edit, then after a while I just went for it, and made my pilot where my car broke down.

I’m surprised you do all the editing to be honest because it’s really well done and I assumed you got somebody to do it for you, which I guess you can take as a complement.

Jake Cody: I do absolutely everything myself from the filming to the editing, which I’m kind of proud of in a way. I do want to get more content out there, but I love having all the creative input, the fact I did everything makes it more meaningful for me.

You probably remember a time when all a sponsored player had to do was turn up and wear a patch, but these days you have to produce for a site like PokerStars.

Jake Cody: You’ve got to add value now, whether it is Twitch, or YouTube, or various other things. PokerStars did want me to do Twitch. I’m super impressed by those guys, the fact they can talk to themselves and be entertaining for eight hours a day, several times a week. It’s something I don’t think I have the personality for. It’s a very special skill set.

Although I am loving that it’s getting views and good comments, it’s more for me as something I want to do and look back on proudly. The fact that it creates a social media buzz for me is a byproduct.

"I think the golden era of Macau is over"

Jake Cody playing poker at the WSOP
"I love having all the creative input"

So are you constantly walking around with a selfie stick documenting your entire life, or are you more targeted about what you do?

Jake Cody: I generally have ideas for blogs and figure out one or two days where I film. I’m not constantly filming, I could do more, but recently I’ve been in Macau playing poker every day.

Is it all super soft speakeasy private games where you need an invite, like we hear about on the forums?

Jake Cody: Some of it’s private games, but a lot of it is just like a 24/7 casino like in Vegas. It really is just casinos and restaurants.

I genuinely think the selection of the pros there are the best in the world. I don’t want to name names but you’ll know their online names. Rather than the people who travel the tournament scene who you’ve heard of, these really are the best players. I think I’ve missed the golden era of Macau, but you can still do well there if you are willing to put the hours in.

Did you see any insane seven-figure pots?

Jake Cody: I didn’t see any, but I heard there are private games where Dwan plays for obscene stakes. The biggest I played was equivalent to £100/£200, which is the biggest I’ve ever played. Those games died down and I also played £30/£60. The smallest stakes at the Wynn was £5/£10.

Do you think the PokerStars Championship event in Macau will expose the wider poker community to the place and see it explode out there?

Jake Cody: The thing is everyone going there will mostly be professionals, so I think going at a random time of year would be better.

"Live satellites make an event soft"

Jake Cody playing poker at the EPT
"I don't have the personality for Twitch"

In that respect does every stop on the EPT/PokerStars Championship feel the same nowadays, regardless of where it is? Because back in the day there were stops considered ‘softer’ than others.

Jake Cody: I think the reason why San Remo and Deauville were considered the softest was because they were strongly linked with live poker rooms in Italy and France, which held a lot of live satellites throughout the year. Originally the online qualifiers were considered the fish but now they are the best players in the field.

The (currently taking place) PokerStars Championsip Panama strikes me as possibly a softer event, just because poker is booming in South America.

Jake Cody: The South American market is huge, I went to Sao Paulo to play the BSOP and it was insane, it was a real eye opener how exciting it was. I think it might be softer. The schedule up until Vegas is quite clustered, I think the European pros, who I think are the best, might skip it knowing that Macau and Monte Carlo are coming up.

Finally, as a Triple Crown winner, does the PokerStars Championship still count as a Triple Crown event since the EPT rebranding?

Jake Cody: I think it has to be for the foreseeable future as long as the tour still has the same prestige and the numbers. Although if somebody did win the Triple Crown now I don’t think it would be quite as good, but that’s probably me being biased.

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  • tonypmm

    #1

    Panama might be tougher than Sao Paulo because a lot of relocated American poker pros live nearby - in Costa Rica and Mexico, and even in Panama itself...
  • tonypmm

    #2

    Plus, a Panamanian girl once told me that the climate is rather nasty there, a mixture of constant heat and high humidity makes life so unbearable that the locals tend to be rather irritable. I'd rather play in Costa Rica.
  • briccius

    #3

    typo: complement vs compliment